Candied Walnuts or Pecans with Holiday Spices

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With their crunchy, sweet-spiced coating, these nibbles are great at parties and they are healthy! They also make an ideal homemade Christmas gift when packaged and tied with a pretty ribbon.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • Zest of ½ orange
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 6 oz walnut or pecan halves

Directions

  • Put the sugar, water, orange zest and spices onto the AGA ultimate baking tray.
  • Stir together and add the nuts.
  • Cook in your AGA Roasting Oven (or simmer on your stove top) until the liquid has evaporated and the nuts have absorbed the flavors. Cool before serving.

Source: Bonnie Fleming

Mulled Spiced Wine

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Thaw out this winter with a glass of mulled spiced wine to warm you up from the inside.  This recipe calls for an extra punch of rich liquor.

Ingredients

  • 2 bottles red wine
  • 2 oranges
  • 8 cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ – 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup liquor (Cointreau, Brandy, Grand Marnier, Cognac)

Directions for AGA Cast Iron Range

  • Shave a few peels of orange zest, then slice orange and add to an AGA Danish Pot or large stockpot.
  • Pour all ingredients in and let sit on the back of your AGA (can stay several days, add water to dilute if needed).
  • You may also start pot in simmering oven for speed, but DO NOT let come to a boil.
  • Serve warm.

Directions for Conventional Range

  • Add ingredients to large stockpot and simmer, but DO NOT let come to a boil.
  • Serve warm.

Source: Katherine Vest

Bruschetta on Ciabatta Toast

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A classic appetizer, bruschetta (pronounced brusketta) combines the bursting flavors of garden-fresh tomatoes with robust garlic, basil and creamy mozzarella cheese, layered on a crunchy ciabatta toast.

Ingredients

  • Ciabatta loaf
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 garlic clove
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 5 – 6 tomatoes, chopped
  • Basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 package whole mozzarella, sliced

Directions

  • Cut a ciabatta loaf into slices, about ½” thick.
  • Brush with olive oil and place on baking tray and toast on the floor of the Roasting Oven or 450°F in a conventional oven. Alternatively, you also can use the AGA grill pan. Get grill pan hot and toast until the bread is “branded” with stripes on both sides.
  • Rub the toasted bread with a half a garlic clove and season with sea salt and black pepper. Top with sliced mozzarella and place back in the oven briefly, just until the cheese becomes soft and slightly melted. Top with chopped tomatoes and torn basil leaves. If you like extra flavor, add chopped red onion and garlic. Serve warm.

Try This Variation

  • Crumble Gorgonzola mixed with Mascarpone and finished with a walnut half.

AGA Hot Spiced Mulled Cider

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Warm up with this festive holiday drink, served piping hot with a fresh cinnamon stick.  You’ll love the rich aroma of mulled cider and spices filling your home with the spirit of the holidays!

Ingredients

  • 2 pints dry or sweet cider
  • 3 oz brown sugar
  • 3 allspice berries (whole allspice)
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 sticks cinnamon

Directions

Place all ingredients in the large AGA 6L casserole or stockpot and bring to a boil. Take heat down, and simmer for 15 minutes. If you have an AGA cast iron range, transfer from boiling plate to the simmering oven for 15 minutes. Strain and serve hot with a cinnamon stick.

Ralph Lauren Christmas Window Display Includes AGA Range

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A claret AGA Total Control cast iron range adds a pop of holiday color to the 2016 Ralph Lauren Christmas window display. (We think Mrs. Claus would approve.) Photo credit: Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren introduces “The Season of Style” Christmas window display with a holiday red AGA cast iron range

Every year in the heart of the New York City shopping district, the department stores of Fifth Avenue unveil magnificent window displays to eager spectators, a city custom that dates back to the 19th century and often takes months to plan and implement.

“Window tourism is, after all, a time-honored New York holiday tradition,” says Matthew Schneier of the New York Times. “Typically five million visitors come to the city between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve alone.”

Luxury designer label Ralph Lauren was no exception to this year’s festivities. Under clandestine cover, the creative team concepted three new window displays, a carefully protected secret until the big reveal in November. This year’s theme for the Ralph Lauren Home collection incorporates a claret AGA Total Control cast iron range, a festive complement to their inviting cabin kitchen.

“I’m about longevity, I’m about timeless,” Mr. Lauren describes his style.

The holiday window display is featured at the Ralph Lauren flagship store on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, adjacent to the famed Polo Bar, a clubhouse of sorts for an array of celebrities followed by the flashbulbs of paparazzi on a weekly basis.

The display will remain open until the first week of January.

If you venture out to see this window display, snap a photo and share it on Facebook or Instagram. Be sure to tag AGA Ranges, and tell us what you think!

Fresh Cranberry Sauce with Mint Infusion

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Fresh cranberry sauce with mint infusion

Looking for a new twist on traditional cranberry sauce for the holidays? This homemade cranberry sauce recipe adds an invigorating infusion of fresh mint flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • ½ teaspoon ginger, grated
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1 bag (12 oz) cranberries, fresh
  • 1 bunch mint, fresh

Directions

  • In a saucepan, add sugar, orange juice, zest, ginger and nutmeg and simmer until dissolved.
  • Add berries, and simmer for 30 minutes until berries have popped and sauce has thickened. (Hint: if you have an AGA cast iron range, transfer the saucepan to the simmering oven and relax for 30 minutes.)
  • Chop mint leaves and add just before serving.

Source: Katherine Vest

Easy Holiday Crostini Recipe

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This crostini recipe variation is topped with prosciutto, mozzarella and chives.

Canapés are perfect for holiday parties, and they’re quick and easy in your AGA.  Flex your host muscles without breaking a sweat with this simple yet impressive crostini recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette
  • 1 package Boursin cheese
  • 4 – 5 tomatoes
  • 1 jar of sliced black olives
  • Basil leaves for garnish

Directions

  • Cut a small, narrow loaf such as a baguette into slices, about ½” thick.
  • Spread with a soft cheese such as Boursin.
  • Top with a slice of tomato and sliced olives.
  • Sprinkle with grated cheese and place on a piece of Bake-O-Glide on an AGA baking tray.
  • Place on the floor of the Roasting Oven (or 425°F in a conventional oven) and bake for about 8-10 minutes. Serve with garnished herb.

Variations

  • Spread with pesto instead of Boursin.
  • Top with tomato slice, season and cover with goat cheese.
  • Brush both sides of the bread slices with olive oil and toast uncovered.
  • Serve spread with Tapenade and top with prosciutto and a basil leaf.

AGA Designer Ranges Are All The Rave

Distinctive European Style & Cooking Performance

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AGA Elise 48″ Induction Range in Scarlet with 5 cooking zones, each with power boost and the functionality to operate all 5 zones simultaneously while cooking. The largest induction range top on the market.

We are ecstatic with the reception of our recently launched AGA Mercury and AGA Elise ranges!   Dealers and consumers alike are all jazzed up by their unique designs, multiple ovens and six color offerings.  AGA is proudly breaking the mold demonstrating all stoves are not created equal.

When we officially announced the extension of our AGA Designer Series, we knew offering the consumer more functionality and unique design concepts would emulate our distinctive European styling and cooking performance synonymous with the iconic AGA brand.  We are enjoying critics and experts weighing in on why AGA Designer Ranges are all the rave.

The Intent

The AGA Mercury and AGA Elise ranges were built with the intention of being the dynamic statement piece in the kitchen.  Built on a versatile 48″ multi-oven platform with three ovens and a spacious cooktop both are available in either a 5-burner gas top or the industry’s largest range induction top.  AGA has transcended into a fusion of uncompromising quality and innovative design.

Reviews Are In

Sindi Cela with Appliances Connection Blog wrote a remarkable piece on our two new AGA Designer Ranges.  Taking time to review not only the aesthetics but its multi-functionalism, she described our new ranges as a “force to be reckoned with” and a “one stop station for all your essential cooking needs”.

Diving deep into the design differences and cooking similarities, Cela compared and contrasted the AGA Mercury and AGA Elise to our existing line of AGA Professional and AGA Legacy ranges.  It is safe to say AGA has an aesthetic design and footprint to suite any kitchen decorum. “It [AGA Mercury] takes the professionalism of the Pro model and dilutes it to bring consumers the perfect balance between minimal modernity and professional structural design.”

In an article written by ReViewed.com, its author, Keith Barry, called the AGA Mercury a “British luxury range unlike anything else you can buy”.  While visiting our booth at KBIS 2016, Barry spent some time with both our dual fuel and induction top Mercury ranges.  He described the craftsmanship as, “Every door on this UK-built range opened with the heft of a luxury car, and the dials and knobs all turned with exquisite precision. Even without any food on it, getting some hands-on time with the Mercury at Design and Construction Week was a joy.”

Bottom line, the AGA Mercury and AGA Elise cannot be ignored.

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AGA Mercury 48″ Dual Fuel Range in Stainless Steel boasting 5 high-powered natural gas top burners with an LP Conversion Kit included with every range and Hi Fi stereo-like controls. Also available in 6 colors.

Let’s Break It Down

Engineered with three fast-heating ovens, AGA Mercury and AGA Elise provide over 6 cubic feet of cooking space to seamlessly cook multiple meals at varying temperatures. One extra-large multifunction oven features seven modes including defrost, convection, convection broiling, fan assist bake, conventional, browning and base heat settings.

A 48” wide range with two spacious range top options – 5 natural gas burners with an LP Conversion Kit included and a massive induction top surface with 5 zones, each boasting power boost and all 5 zones can be operated simultaneously.  Additional features include a storage drawer for baking trays, telescopic heavy-duty stainless steel shelves and steadfast pan supports, EasyClean™ technology and a dual circuit glide-out grill large enough to cook as many as six 6-ounce steaks.  Both ranges are A rated for energy efficiency, the best possible efficiency rating achievable.

Thank you everyone who is weighing in – we couldn’t have said it better ourselves!  Be sure to check out the links below to acquire color samples, locate a dealer and hear what others are saying about our latest designer offerings, the AGA Mercury and AGA Elise range.

AGA Elise Design Concept

Described as ornate and elegant alternative keeping true to its simplicity, the AGA Elise speaks to those looking to create a traditional styled kitchen or one looking to embody a classic French country design.

AGA Mercury Design Concept

Described as stately precision, the AGA Mercury has clean lines, sophisticated sectionalism and is the “perfect balance between modern-residential and commercial aesthetics” for the contemporary home.

 

AGA Designer Ranges Are All The Rave

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Hearty Vegetable and Sausage Bake

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This supper has it all! Loaded with tasty vegetables, meaty sausage and a crisp golden topping tempting everyone to tuck in. Plus, a sigh of relief for those who do the washing up, as this square meal comes in just one dish.  Enjoy this hearty vegetable and sausage bake alongside roasted red skin potatoes or buttered egg noodles.

Serves 4-6

 

Ingredients

3 medium leeks, washed and sliced

1 lb. tomatoes, quartered

1 green pepper, diced

1 red pepper, diced

1 red onion, sliced

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 red chili, finely chopped

4 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp Italian dried herb seasoning mix

Salt and black pepper

6 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced

8 Italian sausages

Topping

1 cup breadcrumbs

¾ cup cheddar cheese, grated

1 tsp Italian dried herb seasoning mix

Instructions

Place the leeks, tomatoes, peppers, onion, garlic and chili into a shallow ovenproof dish. Cover vegetables with olive oil and dried herbs and mix well.

Place the dish on the floor grid of the roasting oven and cook for 10-15 minutes.

Mix in the mushrooms then arrange the sausages on top. Return to the roasting oven and cook for a further 35 minutes, turning the sausages over occasionally to brown all their sides.

Place the breadcrumbs, cheese and herbs into a bowl and mix well. Sprinkle over the sausages and return to the roasting oven, third runner down, for a further 15 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are golden and crispy.  Serve this hearty vegetable and sausage bake straight from the oven to the table.

 

A Day in Dita Von Teese’s AGA Kitchen

Glamorous Dita Von Teese is timeless in her craft, from her signature red lips to her Golden-era Hollywood style. With a steadfast artistic vision and an eye for showmanship, it seems only natural the starlet was attracted to the vintage good looks of an AGA cast iron range, the new focal point of her kitchen.

Here, she chronicles her experiences with food and drink – and how home-cooked AGA meals have changed her life. See how the style icon is making the most of her new Tudor style AGA kitchen.

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Excerpt from New York Magazine’s Grub Street

“I love cooking and recently redid my kitchen in a Snow White fairy tale–Art Deco–meets–Tudor style, and it might just be the most glamorous room in the house, so I like to spend a lot of time in there. When I remodeled my kitchen, I bought a British-racing-green cast-iron Aga stove, with copper accents. It’s a real showpiece when people walk into my kitchen. I’d been fantasizing about it for a long time — it’s what Julia Child used.

I read my manual a lot, and it includes a recipe for the famous slow-cooked porridge, which has been life-changing. I mixed the steel-cut oats with water and salt in my heart-shaped cast-iron pan, and popped that in the low-temperature oven to cook overnight. Even my boyfriend, who doesn’t like oatmeal, is completely astonished that it doesn’t have butter and cream in it.

I come home and take the porridge out of the oven and make my favorite extra-smoky Mariages Frères Lapsang Souchong tea. I’ve got so many friends addicted to this that now I have to leave space in my luggage for it when I go to Paris. The porridge is divine as usual, like a creamy soufflé with chewy baked browned edges. I pour some maple syrup on it and again marvel at how this can come out so deliciously with just water, oatmeal, and salt! I really need more witnesses to how amazing this porridge is.

I love hosting themed potluck dinners at my house. I decided to make a cheese fondue served with vegetables and bread to dip, and Champagne. It was a huge hit. I read that the first person to drop something into the fondue has to host the next fondue party. I’ve long wanted to host a “Fundue Fondue” party, with fondues of all different kinds, and everyone wearing amazing wigs — like how Ellen von Unwerth used to host wig parties in Paris. Perhaps next time. But potlucks are great, because people love thinking of a dish to bring and bragging about it. And also, you don’t have to do much work, except for the cleanup.

I’ve always loved cooking and entertaining. I like making things that are beautiful — things that people go “Ooh and ahh” over. It’s one of the reasons I chose the fondue. I said to my boyfriend, “What am I going to make? Everyone expects me to make something exciting!” I like the wow factor, but I don’t like to make complicated meals. Simple things that are impressive. One of the reasons is that I travel so much for work, and I eat out a lot, and I always miss making my own, simple, unfussy food at home. I find it to be very therapeutic.”

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